A little bit awed

Frank Slaughter, M.D., was a pretty good, which means not really bad, novelist who often dealt with biblical themes. His New York Times obituary (May 23) reminds us that he published 56 books that sold 60 million copies, most of them decades ago. He was 93 when he died.

The obituary paid due tribute to the virtues of Slaughter’s writing but mentioned that it was sometimes unintentionally comic. An example comes from an episode in Slaughter’s novel about Simon Peter, Upon This Rock: “This was the first time Peter had raised a person up from the dead and he could not help feeling a little bit awed by it.”


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